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California to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in 2015

The LA Times reports that the Department of Motor Vehicles in California is getting ready to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in 2015. Governor Jerry Brown signed a law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for licenses in California in October 2013 and the DMV has spent over a year preparing for the change. The DMV has opened new offices and hired additional staff in anticipation of a flood of applications at the beginning of 2015. Since the middle of November, when immigrants could begin making appointments for 2015, the DMV reported that nearly 400,000 people have requested appointments, many of who were seeking their first license. Applicants will have to bring documents to prove their residency in California and pass vision, written, and behind-the-wheel tests in order to get a license. California lawmakers argue that the law will make California roads safer by requiring immigrants to pass a test and have proof of insurance. The special licenses will look like other California licenses but will say "Federal Limits Apply" on the front and "This card is not acceptable for official federal purposes" on the back. The licenses cannot be used as an ID to board an airplane or for any federal purposes. Applicants can make appointments at any DMV office on https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv or by calling 800-777-0133. "DMV prepares to issue driver's licenses to people who are here illegally" by Patrick McGreevy. The LA Times. http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-immigrant-licenses-20141211-story.html.

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